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July 8, 2020
In The Hoop from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to get hooping! My cutting table prior to the real mess. I discovered Off With Their Threads last week. They were having a sale and I couldn't resist picking some fun in the hoop (ITH) projects. I grabbed my tear-away stabilizer and hooped it up.
I decided to use this lime green vinyl I picked up at one of the big box fabric stores a while back. The strap for the claw clasp was a leftover from another project. This is the step in the project I realized I had taped it onto the work the wrong way ...

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June 1, 2020
Embroidered Tote from Becca's Crazy Projects


This has been the view of my embroidery table for weeks. So much clutter and so little room for new ideas. The first step in the project was finding my table. 
After a little while, sorting things, storing things, and admitting somethings would never get done, I could again find my desk. I hooped up some stabilizer and a tote bag
This design is from Urban Threads. 
The design is called Cattery Border
Aren't they cute!

This is great medium-size tote to carry books, groceries, or some yarn and your current project. 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
BLACK ...

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March 19, 2020
Brother SE1900 Embroidery Machine Review from Quilter's Review

Brother’s SE1900 embroidery machine is one of the most talked about sewing machines on the market. Feature-rich and designed with the skilled embroiderer in mind, this machine comes with a touchscreen LCD, over 200 stitches, an automatic needle threader that actually works, free-motion sewing and a lot of additional features that we can’t wait to […]

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February 21, 2020
Brother BQ3050 and its 3 free motion feet and 5 from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed making some crumb quilt projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

 

Block with crumb pieced border made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

 

Yesterday I showed how to make blocks using crumb quilt strips for borders. I made 3 – 10½” blocks for a table runner, but of course, you can make as many blocks as you like.

How to finish the table runner using 3 crumb-pieced blocks:

  • Sew 1½” x 10½” sashing strips between the blocks.

 

Sew sashing strips between the blocks.

 

  • From border fabric, cut 2 – 5″ x 32½” for side ...

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February 20, 2020
Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how the use the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some crumb quilt fabric cut into 2½” x 8½” strips to use for borders. Now I’ll put it all together.

sewing instructions

  • Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to one side of a 4½” square using a partial seam.
  • Press seam toward strip.

 

Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to a 4½ square, using a partial seam.

 

  • Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of the square.

 

Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of the square.

 

  • Sew on the ...

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February 19, 2020
How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric from Quilt Social

 

My first crumb quilt made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

Today, I’ll show another project using the same crumb quilting technique, but this time I’ll be using dark-colored scraps. The batiks are so easy to use in a project like this, as the edges don’t fray or stretch. This is really important because of all the bias edges that occur when crumb quilting.

Here are the basics for creating the crumb blocks, but please refer back to the QUILTsocial blog posts on Days ...

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February 18, 2020
Crumb blocks for a wall quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how I used my Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some crumb fabric with little scraps of fabric I had been tucking away for a future project.

 

Crumb fabric made from little scraps

 

Now it’s time to use my new fabric. Of course, I could have kept making these crumb blocks, but I wanted to get on to another project using my dark batik scraps. So I decided to make a little wall quilt which could also be used as a table topper.

Let’s get started!

  • From crumb fabric, cut 9 – 6½” blocks.

 

 

Arrange the ...

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February 17, 2020
Crumb quilting: What’s it all about? from Quilt Social

Most quilters can’t bear to part with scraps of favorite fabrics and tend to keep them in little bins and boxes for future use. Crumb quilting, although not a new idea, is enjoying a resurgence now as we try to use up all those bits of fabric we’ve been saving. Basically, it’s sewing small pieces of fabric together to make new fabric which can be cut up to make blocks, borders, sashing and more.

 

My batik scrap bucket

 

This week on QUILTsocial, I’ll be using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to do some crumb quilting using ...

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January 24, 2020
Creative projects using Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 Circular Attachment from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you’ve enjoyed making some Valentine themed projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine and the Circular Attachment.

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050

 

I’ve used the laser light for several projects over the last 3 months. Here are a couple of videos that you might like to watch for even more information about this great feature. In Video 2 you’ll see the Brother Dream Machine, but the laser light works the same way on the BQ3050.

Video 1 Laser Guided Sewing

Video 2 Half Square Triangles with laser light

 

The laser light shows an ...

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January 23, 2020
Piecing the heart together on this sweet Valentine-themed quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to make 2 decoratively stitched fabric circles using the Circular Attachment and the SA186 open toe foot on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine. Today I’ll show how to make a simple pieced heart and use these circles to make a border for a little Valentine quilt.

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050 machine

 

materials

Red heart fabric

2 – 3½” x 6½” rectangles for heart shape
4 – 4½” squares for outer border

Light border and background

4 – 1½” squares
2 – 3½” squares
2 – 1½” x 6½” rectangles
2 – 1½” x 9½” rectangles

 

Squares and rectangles cut for a pieced ...

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January 22, 2020
Using the Brother Circular Attachment for a new quilt design experience from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I finished off piecing a Valentine table topper using the Brother Innov-is BQ3050. The sewing fun continues as I make another Valentine-theme project today. Let’s go!

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050.

 

Last month in my QUILTsocial posts, I introduced a fascinating attachment for the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine – the Circular Attachment. You can read my post, Endless design possibilities with the Brother Circular Attachment here.

 

This Circular Attachment fits several different Brother machines.

 

The Circular Attachment can be used on several other Brother machines as well. There are two extra feet with the attachment – a braiding foot and a cording ...

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January 21, 2020
This ¼” piecing foot makes easy work of piecing the Valentine table topper from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to make the strip sets and add background squares and rectangles to them with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine. The laser light feature makes sewing those half square triangle corners so easy! Now it’s time to put everything together.

 

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

Sewing instructions

  • To make one heart block, arrange the strips as shown in the picture below. Try not to have 2 squares of the same fabric next to each other.

 

Arrange 5 pieced strips like this

 

 

The very useful ¼” piecing foot for the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

  • Sew the strips together using either ...

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January 20, 2020
Making a Valentine’s Day four heart table topper from Quilt Social

Welcome back to QUILTsocial! This week I’ll be using some unique features and attachments on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to create some easy Valentine’s Day projects.

 

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine

 

Today’s quilt uses a pieced heart design. I used scrap fabrics for my quilt, but you could use fat quarters or jelly roll strips for the pieced hearts.

 

Four Heart table topper or wall quilt

 

cutting instructions

Hearts (red)
16 – 2½” x about 16″ strips in a variety of colors
1 – 2″ square to use in the sashing

Background (light color)
16 – 2½” squares
8 – 2½ ...

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January 11, 2020
Which is the Best Embroidery Machine For Your Home in 2020? We Review Our 12 Favorites from Quilter's Review

Hand embroidery is impressive and fun, but does take a lot of work. Embroidery machines open up a new world of possibilities with your sewing projects. These machines allow you to easily personalize, embellish and decorate virtually any fabric. Some of the best embroidery machines also offer regular sewing features, which allows you to enjoy […]

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December 20, 2019
Endless design possibilities with the Brother Circular Attachment from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you’ve enjoyed making some disappearing blocks using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine this week. I encourage you to try this technique with other blocks as well. Starting with a large block, like the 18″ ones I made on Monday and Tuesday, makes it easy to use this technique. Choose a block with simple piecing and you’ll have endless design opportunities. Have fun!

From my September QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to make several projects with some Disappearing Nine Patch blocks. You might like to have a look at these posts for more inspiration.

 

Disappearing ...

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December 19, 2019
Quarter square triangles make many disappearing quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to use the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make very accurate quarter square triangle blocks.

 

Use the laser line as a guide for accurate sewing.

 

Now itʼs time to cut the blocks apart, make the original design disappear and create a whole new block. I made several quarter square triangle blocks using a variety of 10″ squares, so I’ll have lots of design possibilities.

  • Cut 2½” strips from 2 sides of each block as shown in the picture below.

 

Cut 2½” strips from 2 sides of each block.

 

  • Rearrange the 2½ ...

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December 18, 2019
Turn 10-inch squares into quarter square triangle disappearing quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday I used the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make half-square triangles. Today, I’ll use the same great feature to make quarter square triangle quilt blocks.

This is a good project for using 10″ squares (layer cakes) or using fabrics from your stash. It’s a very scrappy look, so don’t be afraid to mix and match.

Start with (12) 10″ squares – you can always make more blocks later if you like this design.

 

10″ squares ready for the quarter square triangle blocks

 

  • Turn on the laser line by pressing the laser line button.
  • Press ...

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December 17, 2019
1 quilt block, 3 disappearing quilt block options! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to use the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make a simple, disappearing quilt block. Today I’ll make 2 quilt blocks, rearranging the fabric placement in each one for a different effect.

fabric for 18″ block

 

Fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection

 

cutting instructions

Fabric 1

  • (1) 9½” square

Fabric 2

  • (4) 2¾” x 9½” rectangles

Fabric 3

  • (4 ...

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December 16, 2019
FUN with disappearing quilt blocks! from Quilt Social

Last month in my QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to use the cord guide bobbin cover, decorative stitches and bobbin work on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some quick and easy gift bags.

 

Gift bag embellished with bobbin work on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine

 

This week, I’ll be exploring the magic of disappearing block designs. In previous QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to make several projects using a disappearing nine patch technique. I thought since this technique works for nine patch blocks, it can probably be used for other blocks as well, so I decided to ...

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December 15, 2019
Brother CS7000i Review – Inexpensive and Fun Home Quilting Machine from Quilter's Review

If you enjoy quilting and sewing, you may want to buy a machine that can easily tackle both kinds of projects. Like the CS6000i sewing machine, the Brother CS7000i was designed to do just that. This dual-function sewing machine is loaded with features and offers an intuitive design that’s ideal for any user level. The […]

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